Russia and Its Neighbors
2.1 Defining the Region
2.2 Distinctive Physical Geography
2.3 Distinctive Human Geography
2.4 Geographic Diversity
2.5 Contemporary Geographic Issues
Russia is basically still in world power. They trade often with other countries and trade oil and natural gas the most. In 2006 the shut off Ukraine's gas supply because Ukraine's government refused to pay higher taxes for the line. In recent years Russia has purchased significant shares of East Central European oil and gas companies because they feel the need to own a lot of gas and oil companies to try and trade it with all of it's neighbors and other countries. The Russian government has forced many oil companies to forfeit much of their investments to Russian oil and natural gas companies, often at great financial losses. The Russian government also has tried to convince China and Japan to outbid each other because they feel like they have more power over these 2 countries. Moscow has banned the import of Turkish goods and has stopped all business with Turkey because they need to take over and Turkey and Russia don't get along with each other. Moscow also banned food imports from the European Union, U.S, and many other Western countries last year(2014) because they don't want to have to deal with the trade between each other. Overall I feel like Russia is still in world power but doesn't have as much as it use to.